Shou'en Li, Editor-in-Chief, Reporter (2003-present)
Recent years in China, especially after the reform and opening up policy in late 1970s, mixed marriages are getting more popular.
But back in 1980s and 1990s, most mixed marriages were between Chinese women and foreigners, especially white men. Back then, if a local girl married a white man, especially one from the Western developed nations including the US, the UK, Australia, etc., no matter the parents agree with it or not, they are proud of that, and some other girls might look at that girl with envious inspiration: What if I would also have this kind of luck! And Japan was also among the hot destinations of international marriage for Chinese girls at that time.
But in the past decade, we can see a reversed trend: Though there are still Chinese girls marrying white men, but not necessarily to migrate outside China, and also, more and more foreign girls, including those from Ukraine, Russia, Vietnam, and even some Western developed countries, are finding their true love here in China, with Chinese guys.
Then, what’s the impetus behind the change? True love first, then economy development is also of vital importance.
Ukranian girl with Chinese husband:
Russian girl with Chinese husband,
Grady Grayson, Masters History, University of Northern Iowa
In reality, finding such couples either in China or anywhere else in the world is harder than finding a needle in a haystack because it’s so extremely rare.
Alfonse Aone, Explorer/Creator based in Europe
In China, white skin is seen as prosperous and more beautiful. Its crass but the communist regime works that way. They pretty much believe what they are told about the rest of the world. They think all black men are athletes, Muslims are to be avoided and Englishmen dress like Prince Charles. I spent time in Guangzhou last year and the people were touching my arms on the subway, some even followed me running in the morning. Groups of people doing tai chi in the parks would break into applause as I ran by. Chinese men that marry white women are showing off, its arm candy. Very flash indeed!